Wood Grows US Renewables Business
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Wood, the global engineering and consulting company, has secured a number of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) onshore wind contracts in the United States worth a combined $100m. The largest of the recently awarded contracts is the next phase in American Electric Power (AEP) Renewables' wind farm development in south-central Kansas, where Wood will provide the entire EPC services for the milestone project. The Flat Ridge 3 wind farm is an extension of the success of Flat Ridge 1 and 2, which combined represent some of the largest wind farms in the US.

The company has also secured an award from Black Hills Energy to support its Corriedale Wind Energy Project in Cheyenne, Wyoming, which marks Wood’s first renewables venture in the mountain states. The utility-scale wind facility will provide the energy resources for Black Hills Energy’s Renewable Ready program, a voluntary subscription program for its commercial and industrial customers and government agencies in South Dakota and Wyoming.

In addition, Wood will deliver four new wind farms in Morrow and Umatilla Counties in Oregon for Orchard Windfarms. The company will be responsible for offloading and constructing the wind turbines, installing the associated collector system and civil and foundation work.

When combined, the projects will see almost 100 turbines installed with a total generating power of 230 megawatts. The projects will require the support of more than 400 people and will take up to 12 months to deliver.

Stephanie Cox, CEO of Wood’s Asset Solutions Americas business, said: "From the Pacific northwest state of Oregon and the western state of Wyoming, to the midwestern states of South Dakota and Kansas, these awards show the positive momentum Wood is generating across the United States in the renewables market.

"We are committed to playing a forward role in achieving a balanced and secure energy supply in the US. As the renewables market continues to grow through rising demand, further investment and shifts in technology, our ambitious, versatile and established EPC offering positions Wood as a partner of choice for existing and new developments."